YEAR JOINED MKLM: 1989
COUNTRY: Cambodia, Thailand
CITY: Thai border and Phnom Penh
FOCUS: Health, Pastoral, Peace and Justice
Dave Saumweber was a Maryknoll Lay Missioner in Thailand and Cambodia from 1989 -1993. He and his wife Judy, first worked in one of the refugee camps on the Thai border in a program providing support to elderly Cambodian refugees. In 1991 they moved to Phnom Penh, and worked with Maryknoll’s skill training program for people with disabilities.
After finishing his commitment with Maryknoll Lay Missioners, Dave continued to use his community organizing background as a Training Coordinator for CIDSE, a consortium of mostly Catholic organizations involved in village level activities such as agricultural and health training, small scale credit and water supply with an emphasis on leadership development. Later, he worked with CCC, the umbrella organization representing NGOs in Cambodia to develop a training course for senior NGO managers on international development issues and small scale research skills. He and his wife Judy and their two sons, Nick and Seyha returned to the USA in 2002 after 12 years in Cambodia.
Dave is currently a Program Supervisor for Axis, an organization that serves people with Developmental Disabilities with complex medical needs. He is active in the Genocide Intervention Network and his local church of St. Joan of Arc. He is a Friends Across Borders Guide.